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Friday, April 26, 2019

Eighty-nine greyhounds are expected to go to post for the opening round of the Great American Greyhound Futurity Stakes @ Southland on Monday, April 29th.  The $2,100 entry fee per spot generated just a tad over $200,000 in added purse money between the championship and consolation races that will await a lucky and talented group of sixteen greyhounds that make it out of the six qualifying rounds held over the next five weeks.

The first three qualifying rounds are scheduled for Monday, April 29th, Saturday, May 4th and Friday May 10th where all the nominations will get a chance to earn points.  The field will be cut down to 48 greyhounds after round 3 and their point totals will be reset to zero to get ready for another three qualifying rounds on Wednesday, May 15th, Monday, May 20th and Sunday, May 26th.  Once that last round is completed, the top eight point earners for those last three rounds will earn a spot in the championship race, estimated to be worth $188,000 while the greyhounds finishing ninth through sixteenth will earn a spot in the $14,000 consolation race.  Both those races will be held during the Saturday matinee performance on June 1st.

Notable greyhounds to keep an eye out for in this event are: 

  • Salud Apollo (Gloria Dorsey Kennel) – In fourteen starts, he has only missed the paysheet two times and his last start (a victory by six lengths) launched him into Southland’s top grade just before qualifying begins.
  • Good Win Bob (Legg Greyhound Kennel) – Nine starts into his career, he already has 3 wins and 3 second place finishes.  He looks like he has speed to burn.
  • Brackley Bites (Legg Greyhound Kennel) – Perfect 8 for eight to start his career and will come into the qualifying rounds as hot as any of them.
  • JS Rip Cord (Lester Raines Kennel)Nearly went from maiden to top grade undefeated late last year. He has cooled off some lately, but has been a solid AA competitor for a good stretch of this season so far.
  • JS Making Waves (A Ray Kennel) – Was on track to be one of our best young stars until injury sidelined him back in early February.  He is just coming back for this event, but can he regain his mojo fast enough?
  • Flying Givency (Bussmann-Balakas, LLC) – Won 12 of 14 at Naples and looked impressive.  He is 0 for 3 at Southland.  If he figures it out fast enough, this may be your eventual champion.
  • XM Stride N (T and T Kennel) – Took to Southland quickly after coming in from Wheeling and claimed five wins in just nine starts.  When he wins, he tends to win big.
  • Hey Rockefeller (Magic City Kennel) – He just came off running third in the River Course Classic last week.  Different distance and different competition here but he has endless late speed.
  • LR Iowa Choice (Legg Greyhound Kennel) – Hard to find better lines on a greyhound in this race with under 10 starts.  He has six wins and all of them were impressive.
  • FGF Lucky Star (Charter Kennel, Inc.) – 15 of 19 on the pay sheet to start his career along with a top grade win already.  He’s been deadly from an inside starting post as well.

 

Shane Bolender